I’m not sure why these things continue to go on every day in the sports world but star athletes are getting away with as much as possible.
Case in point, University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. Mr. Mixon has been suspended for the game against Iowa State on November 3, 2016 because he ripped up his parking ticket in front of the public safety officer who had written it.
There are a multitude of problems around Mixon that extend from 2016 back to 2014.
Mixon’s attorney, Blake Johnson, is quoted in the The Oklahoman as saying “He tore the ticket up in front of the parking attendant, and threw it on the ground.”
Not only did he either park illegally but he littered by dropping pieces of the ticket on the ground. Plus there is a witness to both offenses.
Mr. Johnson goes on to say, “We are very confident that Joe did nothing criminal.”
Well let’s back up a moment here partner.
In 2014, Mixon was suspended for punching a fellow student and breaking multiple bones in their face. Mixon knocked Amelia Molitor off her feet with one punch shattering her jaw, cheek, sinus and orbital bone. That’s right, the fellow student is female.
The incident was caught on a restaurant surveillance tape where the two had been with friends. Mixon had been celebrating his 18th birthday when words were exchanged escalating into Molitor pushing Mixon away. Mixon lunged at Molitor and she slaped his neck leading to the punch.
As soon as he landed it, her head hit the table she was sitting at and then she fell to the ground. Mixon made for the exit leaving Molitor struggling to come to. Mixon is not seen on camera again and after a while she is able to sit up in a chair.
On top of all of this, the President, athletic director and football coach of the University all saw this footage in the District Attorney’s office just three weeks after the event occured. Their solution was to suspend the player from the team for the season rather than outright dismissal.
The DA decides that Mixon should be charged with acts resulting in gross injury, a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor?
Mixon entered an Alford plea to the charge which meant he had to serve 100 hours of community service, a one-year deffered sentence, a year of probation and some counseling.
Even though he was suspended he still attended team functions – hell that seems right. I imagine she was doing every day normal activities with all those broken bones.
But what is interesting about the whole thing is that there was an Oklahoma law that prohibited reporters from obtaining copies of the video to broadcast on TV or post online. Mixon took the deal just days before a new law was set to come in affect changing this which would have meant his video would have gone mainsteam.
In fact, after the plea was reached with the defendant and the prosecutor the tape went back to the restaurant where the tape was destroyed. No one but those who were there will ever see the violent act that Mixon committed.
My question is, what would he have had to do to get kicked out all together? Kill her?
If you draw the comparisson to another football player’s domestic violence incident caught on camera (Ray Rice) – what is the difference?
My guess is that Rice brought so much toxic attention to the NFL that no team wanted to go near him and he could be replaced by many other running backs similar to him. His video was on every website and television station. You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing or hearing his name.
Mixon on the other hand is younger, a five-star recruit, Oklahoma kept this video contained and could keep him away for a year to minimize the damage to their program.
All that being said – domestic violence is domestic violence. What Mixon did is no different than what Ray Rice did and neither individual should be on the field. Mixon ripped up a parking ticket in a fit of rage so what will stop him from showing that anger in the future? What will stop him from hurting someone when he does? The fear of another misdemeanor?